Employee & Labour Relations

About Employee and Labour Relations at RRU

RRU wants to ensure the university community is informed about our employee and labour relations processes. This includes communication and updates about matters and processes between the university and its bargaining units. This also includes information and updates on non-union employee relations matters.

Please visit this site for RRU employee and labour relations updates.

Collective Agreements

Collective Agreements

Our Unions

The University has two bargaining Units: Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 3886) and Royal Roads University Faculty Association (RRUFA)

Collective Bargaining

Universities and colleges across Canada have collective agreements with their faculty and staff and negotiations to renew collective agreements, or collective bargaining, are a part of the life cycle of collective agreements. 
RRU is committed to integrity in all our labour relations. Fair and competitive terms and conditions of employment for our faculty and staff are foundational to our ability to deliver on our mission of excellence in teaching and learning, service and research and fostering student success.

2019 Royal Roads - RRU and CUPE 3886 ratify collective agreement

The Royal Roads University (RRU) and CUPE 3886 have successfully ratified their collective agreement consistent with the provincial government’s 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.

Talks began on May 15, 2019. The parties reached a tentative agreement on December 9th . Members of CUPE 3886 ratified the agreement on December 13. RRU’s Board of Governors ratified the agreement on December 12. The University Public Sector Employers’ Association ratified the agreement on December 16.

CUPE Local 3886 represents approximately 75 Royal Roads employees working in grounds and gardens, plant operations, maintenance, production, and custodial and housekeeping services.

Highlights of the collective agreement include the following:

  • A three-year term (June 1, 2019, to May 31, 2022);
  • Across the board salary increases of 2%, 2% and 2%;
  • Market adjustment between 0.6% and 0.7% for certain job classifications (i.e. Groundsworker, Production, Custodial, Housekeeping)
  • Increase to safety footwear reimbursement from $150 per year to $225 per year.
  • Development of a new fund to be used for employee career and professional development opportunities.
  • Extended probationary period for employees hired as supervisors (who are included in the bargaining unit); and the ability to extend probation for all employees when required.
  • Extension of the recall period in the layoff process from 6 months to 12
  • Collective Agreement language is written to ensure 100% gender neutrality and enhanced employment equity language in the job posting process.

2019 Royal Roads - RRUFA bargaining Updates

December 11, 2019 –Royal Roads and the Royal Roads University Faculty Association (RRUFA) concluded their 25th day of negotiations for the renewal of the 2014-2019 Collective Agreement. Talks began on June 4, 2019. The University is negotiating with RRUFA under the BC government’s three-year fixed 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.

Talks to date have been beneficial and the parties have come to agreement on 14 Articles that had been opened for negotiation. We will be taking a break for the holidays and will be reconvene in January. The University looks forward to continued progress between the parties.

BC Government Mandate 

The BC government has developed a three year fixed ‘2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate’ which applies to all public sector employers with unionized employees whose collective agreements expire on or after December 31, 2018.

  • The Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate is about improving the delivery of services for people in B.C., and balancing the need for fair and reasonable wage increases with outcomes that are affordable and managed within the fiscal plan.
  • The Mandate is designed to support government’s core priorities and enhance and modernize the delivery of services that British Columbians rely on. 
  • It ensures the fiscal sustainability of our province while providing fair compensation.

For more information on the Public Sector Bargaining Mandates & Agreements an in particular the 2019 Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate see the government web page at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employers/public-sector-employers/public-sector-bargaining/mandates-and-agreements

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